Abbas Akbari is a multi-award winning Iranian ceramicist, based at the University of Kashan, and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. Akbari’s particular practice-based research has involved the consultation of historical recipes to rediscover the technique of decorating in lustre, an overglaze technique using metallic oxides that give the finished product a distinctive sheen.

Akbari’s CVC Fellowship will bring new perspectives and research techniques to Cambridge, which will further highlight under-researched collections that sit at the interface between Western Asian and Western traditions. Drawing from his experience as a pottery artist, he identifies different artistic expressions and technical practices, in order to differentiate the artistic signatures of different potters involved in making lustreware in Gorgan based on the broken lustreware fragments housed in Iranian museums.